There probably aren’t too many outdoor renovations inspired by the national pastime, but a love of baseball is precisely what inspired this sport-loving family in Poland, Ohio. The beloved game led to the transformation of a carriage house on their property, resulting in an outdoor oasis.
“We have three young children, all active in sports,” says homeowner Kate, who asked that the family’s last name remain anonymous.
“Their baseball teams always come over in the summer. I just started thinking how that structure could be turned into what we needed.”
And then some.
Working with Shadyside-based interior designer Alisha Gwen, the family converted the two-stall detached garage into a pool house and added a covered patio. There’s both an indoor and an outdoor kitchen, plus an expansive pool that 12-year-old Andrew and 7-year-old twins Luke and Ella — as well as nearby family members and all of their friends — love to hang out in.
“We always have droves of kids coming over,” Kate says. “We’re on four baseball teams this summer.”
After the pool was completed several summers ago, Gwen began the process of turning the garage into a glamorous (yet kid-friendly) pool house filled with clever and convenient touches.
The existing openings of the garage doors were turned into windows. Gwen also opened up the wall facing the pool, creating a seamless transition between the indoor kitchen and the outdoor space, which includes a…